Thursday, January 8, 2009

Day 283- Nutrition Bite

Which foods are acid or akaline-forming? Note that a food's acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is classified as acid-forming.

It is important that your daily dietary intake of food naturally acts to balance your body pH. To maintain health, the diet should consist of at least 60% alkaline forming foods and at most 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

High Alkaline- Stevia
Alkaline- Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup
Low Alkaline- Raw Honey, Raw Sugar
Low Acid- White Sugar, Processed Honey
Acid- Milk Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Jam, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard,
High Acid- Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar Preacher's Experience
We are fermenting cabbage in my biology class today. We purchased pH indicator paper so we could measure the pH of the liquid. I was trying to find the pH of cabbage before fermentation and found this web page. I thought it was interesting to read which sweeteners are considered more alkaline. If you need to sweeten your food, try maple syrup, stevia, and rice syrup to create alkalinity in the body.

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